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Polling school library bans on evolution

Sixteen percent of respondents to a recent poll agreed that books that discuss evolution should be banned from school libraries.

A preview of Berkman and Plutzer

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer's Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America's Classrooms (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

A new Gallup poll on evolution

A new Gallup poll on public opinion about evolution hints at a slightly higher rate of acceptance of evolution in the United States over the years.

Americans’ Scientific Knowledge and Beliefs about Human Evolution in the Year of Darwin

Title: 
Americans’ Scientific Knowledge and Beliefs about Human Evolution in the Year of Darwin
Author(s): 
George F Bishop, Randall K Thomas, Jason A Wood, and Misook Gwon
Issue: 
3

The year 2009 marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Over eighty years ago, the Scopes "monkey trial" in Dayton, Tennessee, marked the beginning of a long battle for the soul of American public opinion, pitting biblical creationism against the teaching of human evolution in public schools. But how well do we understand what Americans know and believe about human evolution? National surveys by Gallup have certainly told us much about trends in Americans’ core beliefs about

Year: 
2010
Date: 
May-June
Page(s): 
16–18
About the Author(s): 

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR’S ADDRESS

George F Bishop
Department of Political Science
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati OH 45221-0375
bishopgf@ucmail.uc.edu

George Bishop is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Public Opinion and Survey Research at the University of Cincinnati, Randall K Thomas is Senior Survey Methodologist at ICF International, Jason A Wood is Research Associate at the Internet Public Opinion Laboratory, Department of Political Science, University of Cincinnati, and Misook Gwon is a graduate student in the Department of Political Science, University of Cincinnati.

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Polling evolution down under

A national survey reveals that one in ten Australians do not believe in evolution — and three in ten think that humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs.

Polling evolution in three countries

A new poll indicates that public acceptance of evolution is significantly higher in Great Britain and Canada than in the United States.

New survey results on evolution

Included in the Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Survey for 2010 were a number of questions about evolution, religion, and scientific consensus — and as usual there were few surprises in the results (PDF, pp. 9-11).

What happened to evolution at the NSB?

A section describing survey results about the American public's beliefs about evolution and the Big Bang was removed from the 2010 edition of Science and Engineering Indicators.

Polling evolution in Texas

A new poll suggests that a slim majority of Texans reject evolution, according to a story in the Texas Tribune (February 17, 2010), which also noted that "[n]early a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time."

Evolution in a new Harris poll

A recent Harris poll included questions on evolution and creationism, with unsurprising results.

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